Best Books for Social Anxiety Self-Help
Are you looking to purchase a book on how to overcome social anxiety? Below is a list of self-help social anxiety books to consider. These are not all directly about social anxiety, as I’ve tried to include a combination of books that could be purchased together with too much overlap.
Books About Social Anxiety
Have you read the book Quiet by Susan Cain? If so, you may wish to read How to Be Yourself. It can be hard to know how to “be yourself” if you have social anxiety—your natural tendencies to avoid social or performance situations or to shut down when you are in them may have clouded your ability to know who you even are.
This book combines science with practical advice and stores about real people who have overcome social anxiety. Dr. Hendriksen lives with social anxiety herself and has devoted her career to helping others.
Dr. Thomas Richards is the director of the Social Anxiety Institute and his book Overcoming Social Anxiety Step-by-Step is the companion to the audio series that he created to help you overcome social anxiety.
If you aren’t yet sure about investing in the audio series or maybe even flying to Phoenix for their group therapy program, this book could be a good first step.
Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson’s The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook is the most comprehensive workbook available specifically aimed at social anxiety directly for those wanting to practice self-help. It should be a staple in your library of books on how to overcome social anxiety!
- How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety
- Overcome Social Anxiety Step-by-Step
- The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook
(Watch the video below to hear Dr. Hendriksen talk about social anxiety!)
Books About Shyness
Erika Hilliard goes in-depth in Living Fully With Shyness and Social Anxiety with a variety of topics in this book including blushing, eye contact, body language, shy bladder syndrome, preparing for stressful social situations, medication, and goal setting.
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness helps you understand the causes of your social anxiety and use cognitive-behavioral strategies to overcome it.
- Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety
- Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness
- The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations, and Make Friends Without Giving Up Who You Are
- The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens: CBT and ACT Skills to Help you Build Social Confidence
Books About Anxiety in General
Rewire Your Anxious Brain picks up where many others leave off by specifically discussing the neuroscience underlying the anxious brain, including how the amygdala and cortex play roles in your anxiety.
If you like to know how things work (or why they don’t) in your brain, this book will be of interest.
It’s true! Things might go horribly wrong in social and performance situations. How will you cope? Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong takes a different approach than most and examines how we can go on even though this might (and probably will) go wrong.
- Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic & Worry
- Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong
- The Anxiety & Worry Workbook
- The Anxiety Workbook (written by yours truly)
Books About Mindfulness
You’ve probably heard about The Power of Now, but do you know why it could help you with social anxiety? Eckhart Tolle writes about living in the present, which is the opposite of living with social anxiety.
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety uses the mindfulness and acceptance approach in a workbook format for social anxiety.
Most books on how to overcome social anxiety use a CBT approach, so this workbook offers a nice alternative strategy.
- The Power of Now
- The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety & Shyness
- The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety
Books About Stage Fright
Janet Esposito is known for being the guiding force behind the “Getting Over Stage Fright” workshops in Connecticut. In her book, Getting Over Stage Fright, she shares a holistic method for managing anxiety about all types of speaking or performing situations.
- Getting Over Stage Fright
- In the Spotlight: Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Performing
- Speak with No Fear
Books About Self Confidence
If you aren’t looking just to manage your social anxiety, but also to boost your self confidence and self esteem, then you might be interested in a book that digs a little deeper into these topics.
While there are lots available, the three below will help you tap into your self-confidence in general, how to be vulnerable and confident at the same time, and why you don’t need to be born with charisma to appear confident and charming.
- The Self Confidence Workbook
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
- The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism
What about you? Have you read any good books on how to overcome social anxiety?
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